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Honduran opposition unites behind candidate for president, in major shift


TEGUCIGALPA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The prime Honduran opposition events on Wednesday united behind Xiomara Castro as their candidate for a November presidential election, giving the spouse of a leftist former president who was ousted in a coup a stronger probability of ousting the ruling get together.

The National Opposition Union (UNO) get together backed Castro, 62, spouse of former president Manuel Zelaya and candidate for the Liberty and Refoundation (Libre) get together for the Nov. 28 race, get together representatives stated.

Castro, who says she is going to set up diplomatic relations with China and legalize abortion in some conditions, can be Honduras’ first lady president.

The alliance shakes up the presidential race and presents a critical problem to President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s National Party, in energy since elections after Zelaya was ousted in a cold army coup in 2009. Until now, the National Party has been main in polls.

“If we don’t come together today, the country will lose. Together, nobody can beat us,” UNO’s earlier candidate, tv presenter Salvador Nasralla, 68, informed a news convention.

“We’re going to rescue Honduras from dictatorship with Xiomara Castro as presidential candidate.”

A CID-Gallup ballot final month confirmed that every candidate had acquired 18% help. Nasry Asfura, mayor of the capital Tegucigalpa and candidate of the ruling National Party, led with 21%.

Castro has stated she goals to raised handle Honduras’ exterior and inner debt that stands at some $13 billion and decriminalize abortion in circumstances of rape, danger to the mom’s life and a malformed fetus.

Honduras is among the few nations globally that acknowledges Taiwan’s independence, and a change in allegiance to Beijing would upset Washington.

Nasralla, a well-liked tv host and sports commentator, led an opposition alliance in 2017 as presidential candidate, and was narrowly defeated by Hernandez in a course of riddled with accusations of fraud.

Hernandez’s eight years in energy have been mired by corruption allegations, which Hernandez has denied. In the United States, prosecutors have accused him of working with drug traffickers to maneuver cocaine into the United States, allegations he additionally denies.

Asfura, a conservative development businessman and two-term mayor of Tegucigalpa is backed by Hernandez. He has confronted expenses of fraud, embezzlement of public funds and cash laundering. The expenses had been dismissed by a felony court docket.

Reporting by Gustavo Palencia, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon
Editing by Alistair Bell

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Xiomara Castro, presidential candidate for the opposition Libre Party, addresses supporters during a rally to present her campaign program ahead of the November 28 election, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras September 5, 2021. REUTERS/Fredy Rodriguez

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